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January 18, 2011 

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Social Phonics Boot Camp for Pastors and Ministry Leaders


Learn the language of new media, like Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs!

Bethany Lutheran Church

4500 East Hampden Avenue

Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

Join Social Phonics on Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for a one day workshop.

Tony Jones has been leading these workshops all across the country to rave reviews.  Cost is $125 and includes lunch. Bring your own laptop! Check out the website for more information or you may register online.


Registration is limited to the first 50, so sign up today!


Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Synod and 

House for all Sinners and Saints

Third Sunday after Epiphany
Lord God, your lovingkindness always goes before us and follows after us. Summon us into your light, and direct our steps in the ways of goodness that comes through the cross of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year C 2011

Synod Prayer Cycle: Metro West Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list for
February is available.

to remember in prayers on 1/23:

Mount of the Holy Cross  Vail, CO

     Scott Beebe

Shepherd of the Valley  Grand Junction, CO

     Ron Powers

St. Andrew  Arvada, CO

     Stephanie Kopsch

St. John's  Thornton, CO

     Penni Walsh


Theological Conferencer 2011 logo 


 Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter


January 24-27, 2011

Boulder Harvest Millennium Hotel and
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 
Boulder, Colorado

More information

Safe Haven training is offered before and after the Theological Conference.

No registration deadline for
Safe Haven Training.

Safeguarding God's Children is a program which provides participants with a basic understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse. The 3-hour course includes information on how to respond, prevent and protect the children and youth in one's congregation and ministry. The training will be offered prior to and at the conclusion of the 2011 Theological Conference. Dates are Monday, January 24, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. OR Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 10:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Cost is $10. If attending the Theological Conference, register with your conference registration. Otherwise, contact the synod office to register. Download a flyer.


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Encouraging Youth and Young Adults

to be Leaders in be Church


In 2011 the Rocky Mountain Synod will continue to live into the ELCA's goal of expanded roles for youth and young adults in all expressions of our church. With many congregations planning for annual meetings, our rostered and lay leaders are encouraged to have conversations with the youth and young adults in their midst regarding the opportunity to serve on church council and as voting members at this year's synod assembly.  
download the complete guide:
Guide for Expanded Roles for Youth and Young Adults in Our Church

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Tingling Ears


 Hearing God's Word in a an Age of Hypertext and the Hyper-real


Join Jeremy Myers, Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Augsburg College, for the Tingling Ears Retreat from March 20 - 21, 2011 at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp.


Sessions will cover an introduction to the Bible and how we use it (or don't) with our youth; touch on the origins of scripture, its canonization, and various forms of interpretation; then dig into the narrative arc of the Old and New Testaments in order to "see" and "hear" what it might have to say to us today and explore ways to engage other with scripture so that they might begin to experience this story in their lives.  


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Retreat Fee is $99 and includes all sessions, lodging, and meals. Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 with dinner at 5:00 p.m. The final session will end at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21. You may also extend your stay and join us for the Youth Directors' Retreat, March 21-23. For more information about the retreat, you may download and print the poster or contact Ben Larson by email or visit the Rainbow Trail website.


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Holy Land Pilgrimage 2011
Holy Land and Egypt

October 10-26, 2011


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt, October 10-26, 2011. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus. See the Holy Stones and meet the Living Stones, the people, of the Holy Land, as we visit Jerusalem and the sites of Jesus' ministry in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum and the Galilee. 

Pastor Paul Rowold, an experienced guide, will be our leader. See first-hand the inspiring ministries of Lutherans today in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Visit the pyramids of Egypt-Cairo, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. 17-day Holy Land/Egypt tour: $4470, from Denver. for details, please visit the website or contact Jan Miller by email. The reservation deadline is April 1, 2011.


We invite your 2011 intents

Many congregations are having their annual meetings this month. Others have completed their stewardship campaigns. Each year we ask each congregation to submit their "intent" for the offerings they are committing to the ministry of the wider church at the synod level and for vital churchwide ministries. The congregation treasurer and/or pastor is asked to complete this brief electronic form of intent as soon as the information is available: complete form now.


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Be part of an action weekend addressing legislation that will equip you to speak boldly on behalf of people-centered sustainable development and economic justice, physical safety, security and peacemaking, with a particular focus on those most impacted -  women, girls and families.


Worship and dialogue with hundreds of faith-based advocates ELCA logo lagre sizeat Ecumenical Advocacy Days from March 25-28, 2011. Join us as we visit Capitol Hill to advocate remedying this global injustice. Lutheran activities are being planned. For scholarships, e-mail Jodi Deike at or call 202-626-7947. More info:


Christian Education Network imageThe Front Range Christian Ed Network meets Thursday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the synod office. Bring your own lunch. Valerie Hess, Coordinator of Music Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder, university instructor in Spiritual Formation and author of two books on spiritual disciplines with kids, will be the guest presenter. No RSVP needed. For questions, please contact Linda Staats by email.

Lutheran Schools imageRMS Lutheran Schools Appreciation Days. Two opportunities for preschool & school directors, pastors and a school board member or staff person to gather: Thursday, February 10 at Lord of the Hills Christian Preschool in Centennial, CO or Thursday, February 17 at St. Luke's Lutheran Preschool, 9100 Menaul Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM.   Gayle Denny, Executive Director of the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association will be with us. The cost is $10/person or $25 for three from a church and school. Each gathering will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and includes lunch and free give-aways! To RSVP, email Cheryl Almquist in the synod office or give her a call on  303-777-6700 or 800-525-0462. If you have other questions, please contact Linda Staats by email or phone (602-740-3752).

Youth Ministry Network logoIt is not too late to register for the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza in Kansas City, MO. from January 20-24, 2011. Please contact Rev. Paul Judson by email to ride the bus from Co9lorado to Missouri.


Assembly 2011
is May 12-14

Colorado Springs is the destination for our Assembly May 12-14, 2011

As we gather for the 2011 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, we will be considering what sustains us today as people who live in community. In our changing world, how do we proclaim the Good News today? What is the church's prophetic response today to all that threatens life in abundance? What is our narrative of hope?

Leading our conversations together will be Dr. Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Please look for more details to be published soon.

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LMM Triennial Gathering Set for July 22-24, 2011
 in Denver!
Called! Equipped! Sent!


From July 22 - 24, 2011, hundreds of men from across the nation will meet in Denver, CO at the Denver Marriott DTC for the tri-annual Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering.

Lutheran Men in Mission is the men's ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The 2011 Gathering will give men the opportunity to build their faith, relationships and ministry and provide for ongoing leadership development.

Marriott Denver Tech center imageYou are invited to make your own reservations at the Denve
r Tech Center Marriott located at 4900 South Syracuse in Denver (80237). You may also call the hotel at 303-779-1100 / 800-266-9432 for room information. To reserve your space at the Tri-Annual Gathering, you may register online. or complete and mail the form to the registrar.


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Baptismal Font


Emmaus Anglican Church is looking for a used, in good condition baptismal font. (St. Paul Lutheran Church - Denver was contacted by a former member to assist in finding a font to be donated to this congregation in Castle Rock.) Please contact Cindy Bushagen (AIM) by email if you have a font to donate or a possible lead on one. Cindy will put you in touch with a member of the Baptismal Search Team.

Every person,
every congregation,
every ministry,
boldly serving God's mission in Christ.

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Synod Council meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; RMS Theological Conference, Boulder, CO.

Pastor Dan Bollman
Synod Council meeting, synod office,  Denver, CO; RMS Theological Conference, Boulder, CO
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment. Theological Conference, Boulder, CO.
 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Meeting with the Camino de Vida Steering Committee, Albuquerque, NM; Synod Council meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; RMS Theological Conference, Boulder, CO

Linda Staats
ELCA Youth Ministry Network Board meeting and YMNet Extravaganza, Kansas City, KS; RMS Theological Conference, Boulder, CO.
Available by email or phone appointment.

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JAN 24-27
Theological Conference
Boulder, Colorado

MAR 21-23
RMS Youth Workers Retreat
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp

MAY 12-14

2011 Assembly
Colorado Springs, Colorado


APRIL 26-28
2012 Assembly
Colorado Springs, Colorado



ELCA logoEnglish Teachers Sought for China and Japan


Teach English at various locations throughout China (with the Amity Foundation) and Japan (with the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church). 

Service in China is a two year commitment starting June 2011 with applications due February 15.  

Service in Japan includes some congregational involvement with a three year commitment starting July 2011 and applications due March 15

See: and click Global Service Opportunities to search the database at the bottom.

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Scandinavian Dinner Planned
at St. Luke's Lutheran Church


The congregation of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, located at 615 North Burritt in Buffalo, invites you and the community to a Scandinavian Dinner on Sunday, February 27, 2Scandinavian horse image011. This all you can eat dinner will take place at St. Luke's from noon until 3:00 p.m. and will include dishes like lutefisk, meatballs, pork roast, lefse and many other traditional dishes. The cost is $30 for a family; $14 for adults; $8 for children age 6-13; and FREE for children under 5 years old when accompanied by a paying adult. Come out for the great food and fellowship!



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LSS of Utah 15th Anniversary Celebration (5/2010-4/2011

World of Arts Shoppe 
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
Lutheran Social Service of Utah
4392 South 900 East in Salt Lake City
Open to the Public

The Wednesday Market
Wednesdays, June through October
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (in good weather)
4392 South 900 East
Salt Lake City

(The People's market is a consortium of refugee fair trade, organic and justice-minded artists and organizations.)

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North New Mexico Cluster Event

of the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization
Is Set for January 29


The annual North New Mexico Cluster Event for Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization (WELCA) will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Save this date for a fun time.


The theme is: "Secret Service: If I'm Not Doing the Big Splashy Things, A I Still a Missionary of God?" Kristin Schultz, an ordained pastor who is on leave to raise three boys, will be the keynote speaker/leader. Please contact Judy Magelssen by email or phone (505-672-0016) for details and registration information.


Fifty to seventy ladies are expected to attend. Please consider helping to host this event. Help will be needed in setting up table and chairs on the lower level on Friday, January 28. We are also seeking donations of soup, bread and desserts that need to be delivered to the church by 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 29. If there is snow, well you know what we need then! At Bethlehem, Judy Magelssen will have sign-up sheets whenever coffee is available.


Lutheran Advocacy Ministry New Mexico logoAnnual Bishop's Luncheon Set for February 9

Updated Information!


The annual Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Bishop's Legislative Luncheon will be Wednesday, February 9, 2011.  Please make plans to attend and be sure to make your reservation (or a reservation for a group from your congregation!) to attend this annual gathering which will be held at 12:30 p.m. at La Fonda in Santa Fe. 


Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Allan Bjornberg will speak at the luncheon and will also share a message with us during the issues briefing in the morning prior to the luncheon. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church (1701 Arroyo Chamiso) with fellowship and an opportunity to learn more about the issues for which Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - New Mexico will be advocating throughout 2011. 


The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person.  If you are only attending the morning issues briefing, the cost is $5.  Please contact Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM (505-984-8005 or to make reservations or for more details. The deadline for registration is Monday, February 4.



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Diedrich Bonhoeffer

The Life and Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Lecture given by Dr. Craig Nessan, Professor of Contextual Theology at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA 

Congregations are invited to a lecture sponsored by: Lutheran/Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Northern Colorado and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greeley:  

Saturday, January 22, 2011
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Reception to follow

At Our Savior's Lutheran Church

1800 21st Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631

Clergy are invited to a dinner with Dr. Nessan following the reception at the home of Rev. Sarah Moening from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP for the lecture and/or dinner by January 20 by calling the office at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. For questionsor more information, you may contact Pastoral Intern Jenn Collins by email or phone (970-352-4816). Free will donations accepted.  

Enlivening the Word: Dr. Richard Ward

February 25-27 at Messiah Community Church, ELCA, Denver


Dr. Richard F. Ward is the Fred B. Craddock Chair in Preaching and Worship at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He brings to the study of preaching a rich background in performance studies and practices. He is particularly interested in the arts of storytelling and oral interpretation of scripture as they inform and enrich the ministry of preaching.


Fri., 7:00-9:00 pm: "Enlivening the Word"

Sat., 9:00 am-10:30 pm: "Why Storytelling?"

Sat., 11:00 am-12:30 pm: "Speaking with the Text, Giving Voice to the Story"

Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm

Sat., 1:30-3:00 pm: "Finding Stories Between the Lines"

Sunday worship at 9:30 am Adult Forum 10:45 am: Q&A


Any one lecture is $15.00. All four lectures (Friday-Saturday) including lunch Saturday $60. Students with I.D. $5 single lecture, all four lectures plus lunch $20.


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St. Olaf College Concerts


The Choir of St. Olaf College, a four-year liberal arts college of the ELCA, will be performing two concerts in the Denver area on their upcoming national tour.  With 75 mixed voices, the St. Olaf Choir is considered one of the best college a cappella choirs in the United States. These concerts will include works for organ and choir with music spanning the 17th through 21st centuries.


The first concert will take place on Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village (80113). The second concert will take place on Sunday, January 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246).

More information

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LFS Valentine's Day Event


Want a unique place to celebrate Valentines Day?
Looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don't know where to start?

Join LFS for one of the "trendiest nights out" in Denver! Lutheran Family Services is hosting a fundraiser at Canvas and Cocktails, one of the newest ways to learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends.  The class which is for both the artistic and the LFS January 2011 Eventnot so artistic will be held on Monday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person with $10 being given to LFS. To register visit, please or call 303-333-3288. For more information, please contact Erica at LFS on 303-217-5859.


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Social Phonics Boot Camp for Pastors and Ministry Leaders


Learn the language of new media

Bethany Lutheran Church

4500 East Hampden Avenue

Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

Join Social Phonics on Thursday, February 17, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for a one day workshop where you will learn about how to best use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, a podcast, and a blog for your ministry. And most importantly of all, you'll develop a philosophy of social media engagement that will fit into your own mission. Plus, you'll have fun.

Tony Jones has been leading these workshops all across the country to rave reviews.  Cost is $125 and includes lunch. Bring your own laptop! Check out the website for more information or you may register online.


VOCES8 music group photoVOCES8 at Augustana


VOCES8 - a musical group you will not want to miss. Inspiring people through music, VOCES8 presents a musical journey with a repertoire that spans 500 years and three continents! Their performance includes arrangements of pop and jazz, and harking back to their roots as English choristers, they share the sacred and secular music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. This lively group does more than sing - they enthrall!


Augustana Lutheran Church 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver (80246)

$30 Adult / $20 Senior / $20 Student (Reduced pricing for groups of ten or more)

Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado logoFaith Advocacy Day 2011 is Set for February 21

Put your faith into action!

Join others from many different faith communities and be encouraged to keep advocating on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised in Colorado!Together our voices can be a strong cry of justice to those who need to hear it. 

Legislators and representatives from the media will present how faith impacts their work and reporting. Hear the legislative priorities for Colorado Council of Churches, Colorado Interfaith Voices for Justice, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado and Jubilee Ministries. Learn how to engage more members of your faith community to participate.

Registration cost is $25.00 by Wednesday, February 16, 2011 (early bird) and includes lunch. A low-income/student rate of $15.00 is available as well. The event is from 9:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m. with an optional Lutheran Legislative Breakfast with Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA) from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. The additional for the breakfast is $10.00. A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will support the Youth Group at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Longmont.

Ways to register:
By mail: Lutheran Advocacy Ministry
455 Sherman Street, Suite 160
, Denver, CO 80203
(Please provide contact information)

By phone: (303) 777-6700
or(800) 525-0462

By email:

Parking is available for free on the street and pay lots are available in the blocks surrounding the church.Limited parking is available at the church and is restricted to those with accessibility issues. If you have questions, you may email Brad Wood, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado.


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The Lutheran Chorale Presents Its First


Area Workshop and Concert




Join us for an area Choral Workshop!  The Lutheran Chorale is sponsoring what we hope to be a first annual area workshop and concert.  All proceeds will go to benefit the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem.  The workshop will be March 12, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood with a concert on Sunday, March 13 in the afternoon.  Watch your mail for more details!  In the meantime, please contact  David Hodel or

Linda Blandin for more information!






Communications Staff
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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